Comedy Central Presents Summary

  • Opened December 1, 1998
  • Show Closed: March 25, 2011
  • Stand-up Comedy/Comedy
  • Cable

Although Comedy Central, which launched in 1991, really cemented its reputation with shows like the animated hit South Park, and fake news programs The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, the network's roots are really in stand-up comedy. Comedy Central has always aired various specials showcasing stand-up comedians, but since 1998 they have been steadily producing the New York-based series Comedy Central Presents, a half-hour showcase of the best up-and-coming comedians doing a 30-minute set of their funniest material.

Comedy Central Presents Cancellation Details

Comedy Central Presents had long been a staple of comedy central programming. It epitomized what some consider the essence of comedy, live stand-up. The show premiered in 1998 and gave way to many up and coming comedians who found notoriety (Zack Galifianakas, Patton Oswalt, Daniel Tosh, Carols Mencia, Dane Cook to name a few). In 2011 Comedy Central ended the program and re branded the show as The Half Hour which, as the name implies, provides a 30 minute show for stand-up comics to perform.

Comedy Central Presents Broadcast Time

Comedy Central Presents airs on the Comedy Central network.

Comedy Central Presents Background

Comedy Central Presents generally showcases two dozen comedians per season, with each getting their own half-hour special. Though the comics are often newcomers, Comedy Central Presents also sometimes passes the mic to a more established comedy talent. Comedy Central offers free tickets to these stand-up specials, which are filmed at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in New York City.

Stand-up comedians who were featured on Comedy Central Presents back before they became "overnight" comic sensations include the likes of Dane Cook, Zack Galifanakis, Jim Gaffigan, Daniel Tosh, Lewis Black, Carlos Mencia, and Patton Oswalt. If you want to be able to tell your friends that you were a fan of such-and-such big-shot comedian back when they were just starting out, then this is the show to watch, so get your free Comedy Central tickets to see it in person now.

The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Directions: Take the MTA A, B, C, D, or 1 trains to 59th Street - Columbus Circle. Walk West along 60th Street to 10th Ave, then walk down 10th Ave towards W 58th Street. The studio is located on 10th Ave between 58th and 59th Street.
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Comedy Central Presents Ticket Information

The Comedy Central Presents TV show does not accept postal requests for advance tickets.

Advance Comedy Central tickets for future shows can only be requested over the internet.

Comedy Central Presents Show Schedule

Comedy Central Presents has a sporadic taping schedule, though tapings are usually in the evening. This TV show tapes at John Jay College in New York City.

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